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Redemptive Developments redeems vulnerable Albertans through employment

March 21, 2019

Redemptive Developments is a social enterprise founded on second chances, whether it be for the people it employs, or the furniture they collect.

Originally founded in Edmonton in 2011, Redemptive Developments hires vulnerable people who face barriers to employment, such as those who are transitioning out of homelessness, at a Living Wage to work alongside the general public in its mattress recycling, junk removal service Junk 4 Good, and run the second-hand furniture store Salvage.

Between these three operations, Redemptive Developments has offset more than 1,300 tonnes of waste in the past year.

“We wanted to find ways to give people a stepping stone back into the workforce,” says Bretton Hammond, Director of Business Development. “Even just down to meaningful activity – the need for something important to do every day, which helps improve mental and physical health and even battle addiction.”

This year, Redemptive Developments is expanding to Calgary with a new plant opening on April 1. “Operating in Edmonton, we realized how the business issues we’re attempting to resolve here – the need for junk removal, mattress recycling – are not exclusive to our city.”

“The provincial and municipal governments across Alberta are steering towards waste reduction, and we felt our services were a perfect fit to work with the government to generate employment and reinvest in the community.”

For Bretton, the best part of his job is seeing employment become a catalyst for transformative change. Redemptive Developments is hoping to enter a “rapid growth stage” including expansion to British Columbia and adding renovations to its service offerings, in partnership with another non-profit.

“It’s not easy, but it’s amazing.”


To learn more about Redemptive Developments’ operations, click here.
Contact 1-844-JUNK4GOOD to inquire about junk removal for your home or business.
Connect with Redemptive Developments on Facebook and Instagram.
Check out Redemptive Developments’ Sustainability Profile on the REAP website.
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Featured Event

Unite YYC | Ladies Night

March 29, 2019 - March 29, 2019

1206 20 Ave SE

Hey Friends!

Welcome to Unite. There are so many amazing people in Calgary who hustle hard every single day to make things happen for themselves, their families, and their businesses. I want to create an event that can give those people a chance to get out of the house (or the office) and connect with like-minded individuals, products, and service providers.

The goal for Unite is to create a place to focus on your business as well as self-care, as they truly go hand in hand. There will be many types of events being hosted by Unite, ranging from ladies nights and date nights, to full conventions. Please feel free to keep an eye on us for upcoming events and opportunities!

This business/self care mini-convention was specifically designed to treat female entrepreneurs. I wanted to bring together the fiercely loyal fempreneurs of Calgary and give them a retreat - all in one night! We’re all friends here, come and hangout!

Come to hear from some AMAZING speakers, focusing on a variety of topics involving business and self care. Tap into your spiritual side through readings and one-on-one appointments. Set some time aside for a relaxing chair massage or other wellness-oriented services. Grab a tasty bite and beverage from our food & drink vendors, and shop our awesome marketplace filled with local goodies!

Here are some of the vendors/influencers you can expect to see at Unite @ The Commons:

NRT Fashions

Apryl Dawn Designs


Cranberry Boutique

Sweet Dreaming Crafts

Hush Adult

Jaggie Media

Decades Collide

Unique Vinyl Works

Cherry Chic Designs

Devils Head Coffee

just to name a few…

Preview of our Speaker Line-Up:

Apryl Dawn – Manifesting Through Fear

Heather Andrews – Be Seen and Heard Through the Power of Story

Monique Feser – The Four Pillars of Wellness

Ash Ahern – Your Personal Brand

Kristen Dawson – The Confident Way

....and more!
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